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AFC Bournemouth 4 Chelsea 0

Bournemouth celebrateBournemouth produced an emphatic second-half display as Joshua King scored twice in a thumping 4-0 win over a hapless Chelsea at the Vitality Stadium.

Maurizo Sarri's side dominated the first half on the south coast, but collapsed to their heaviest Premier League defeat in 23 years after the break as Bournemouth secured a first home win against them since September 1988.

King broke the deadlock just 90 seconds after the restart and David Brooks doubled the home side's lead with a smart finish from King's pass (63) before the Norwegian fired in his second when he met Junior Stanislas' cross (74).

There was still time for Charlie Daniels to head home a fourth in stoppage time (95) as Eddie Howe's side moved back into the top half of the table. The result means Chelsea remain level on points with fourth-placed Arsenal but outside the Champions League spots on goals scored.

Player ratings

Bournemouth: Boruc (7), Clyne (6), Cook (7), Ake (7), Smith (6), Surman (7), Gosling (7), Stanislas (7), Brooks (8), Fraser (6), King (8).

Subs: Ibe (6), Daniels (6), Mepham (n/a)

Chelsea: Kepa (5), Emerson (5), Azpilicueta (6), Rudiger (6), Luiz (5), Kante (5), Jorginho (5), Kovacic (5), Pedro (5), Hazard (5), Higuain (4).

Subs: Loftus-Cheek (5), Giroud (5), Willian (6)

Man of the match: Joshua King

In the 300th game of his second spell in charge of the Cherries, Howe was forced to be without midfielder Jefferson Lerma and talisman Callum Wilson - ruled out for three weeks following a minor knee operation - and Chelsea were the dominant side in the opening exchanges.

Mateo Kovacic forced Artur Boruc into a brilliant save as the Croatian met Pedro's cross but saw his header tipped onto the crossbar before the veteran Boruc was alert again to smother Eden Hazard's right-foot shot from the edge of the penalty area.

Team news

There was no Wilson for Bournemouth, who failed to shake off a knee injury in time, meaning King WAS the lone striker this evening. Stanislas started while Surman came in for Lerma. Solanke and Mepham made the substitutes' bench.

Hudson-Odoi was absent from the Chelsea squad as Higuain made his Premier League debut for Chelsea while Emerson replaced Alonso at left-back and Pedro replaced Willian.

It took until the 35th minute for Bournemouth to test Kepa Arrizabalaga as King directed his header from Steve Cook's pull-back into the path of Brooks, but the Welshman's effort from close range was straight at the Chelsea keeper. Cesar Apilicueta forced Boruc into another fine save to his right before the interval, but it was only after half-time that the game really came alive.

Chelsea were still easing their way into the half when the lively Brooks showed great composure to set up King for a fierce shot into the roof of the net and the pair combined once more for Bournemouth's second as David Luiz sold himself far too easily to allow Brooks to flash the ball past Kepa at his near post.

Things got worse for the visitors when Stanislas unselfishly slid the ball across for King to lift his shot over Kepa for his second, as Chelsea supporters headed for the exits.

The closest Sarri's side came to reducing the deficit fell to Azpilicueta as Boruc saved the Spaniard's header from close range with his feet - and Chelsea have now failed to score for three successive away league games for the first time since under Claudio Ranieri back in 2002.

Bournemouth made it back-to-back Premier League wins for the first time since the end of October in style as Jordon Ibe's free-kick was flicked into the net by Daniels to complete a miserable night for Chelsea.

Opta stats

Bournemouth secured only their second ever competitive home win against Chelsea and first since September 1988 (L5).

This is just the second time in Premier League history that Chelsea have lost a game by a four-goal margin, after losing 1-5 versus Liverpool in September 1996.

Chelsea have lost consecutive Premier League games for the first time since March 2018, when they lost to both Manchester clubs.

Both of Bournemouth's Premier League wins on a Wednesday have come against Chelsea.

Chelsea have won 47 points after 24 games this season - three fewer than at this stage in 2017-18 (50).

Bournemouth's David Brooks both scored and assisted in an English league game for the first time in his career.

Bournemouth's Josh King has scored in each of his last two Premier League appearances against Chelsea at the Vitality Stadium.

King has been directly involved in 48 Premier League goals for Bournemouth (38 goals, 10 assists), 12 more than any other Cherries player in the competition.

What's next?

Bournemouth travel to face Cardiff City on Saturday evening (kick-off: 5.30pm) while Chelsea host Huddersfield earlier on the same day (kick-off: 3pm).


AFC Bournemouth Boruc, Smith, S. Cook, Ake, Clyne, Stanislas (Mepham 90+5), Fraser (Daniels 90+2), Surman, Gosling, Brooks (Ibe 69), King
Subs Not Used Begovic, Solanke, Rico, Mousset
Booked Surman
Goals King 47, 75, Brooks 63, Daniels 90+5

Chelsea Kepa, Azpilicueta (c), Luiz, Rudiger, Emerson, Kovacic (Loftus-Cheek 77), Kante, Jorginho, Pedro (Willian 61), Higuain (Giroud 65), Hazard
Subs Not Used Caballero, Christensen, Alonso, Barkley


Referee Roger East

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